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1596-1615 (made)
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Place Of Origin

This fragment was originally part of a kimono and is one of the oldest Japanese textiles in the V&A's collection. Like many kimono fabrics it is patterned with a combination of dyeing and embroidery. It also features the use of gold leaf, surihaku, which has been fixed to the cloth with paste applied through a stencil. The use of surihaku, often as here in combination with embroidery and tie-dyeing, against a dark ground is a feature of kimono from the early 17th century.


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Materials and Techniques
Figured satin silk (<i>rinzu</i>) with applied gold leaf decoration (<i>surihaku</i>), tie-dyeing (<i>kanoko shibori</i>) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads
Brief Description
Fragment of kimono fabric, figured satin silk (rinzu) with applied gold leaf decoration (surihaku), tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads, Japan, 1596-1615
Physical Description
Fragment of kimono fabric with design of cascading cherry blossoms and chains, notched lozenges and circular motifs excuted with applied gold leaf, tie-dyeing (shibori) and small-scale embroidery on a dark figured satin silk (rinzu) ground
Dimensions
  • Length: 58.5cm
  • Width: 30cm
Object history
Formerly in the Forrer Collection
Subject depicted
Summary
This fragment was originally part of a kimono and is one of the oldest Japanese textiles in the V&A's collection. Like many kimono fabrics it is patterned with a combination of dyeing and embroidery. It also features the use of gold leaf, surihaku, which has been fixed to the cloth with paste applied through a stencil. The use of surihaku, often as here in combination with embroidery and tie-dyeing, against a dark ground is a feature of kimono from the early 17th century.
Collection
Accession Number
1588-1899

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record createdDecember 20, 2005
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